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Total commemorative banknotes issued is under 1,500 pieces. If you have achieved any figures close to this, then you are doing extremely well, as many of the older commemorative notes are hard to find even in poor conditions.

Opinion: Many collectors of commemorative banknotes would have come across with those Somaliland sets overprinted with gold and silver texts with the following wordings - 5th Anniversary of Independence 18 May 1996 [Sanad Gurade 5ee Gobanimadda 18 May 1996]. I believe these are "home made" (or fake) and not authorised by the central bank. My argument is simple. No central bank would have issued an overprint commemorative banknote that the texts are so large that it would cover the two signatures on the note as well as part of the serial numbers. Even if these are genuine notes, then these could be issued as souvenir sheets and not as legal tender. As I said before, this is my opinion. If you have paid top dollars for these, please think about my argument. There is always a sucker around the corner, including me of course!

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11 June 2023

...Macau Banco Nacional Ultramarino - 10 Patacas Year Of The Tiger 2022

(Região Administrativa Especial de Macau da República Popular da China)
(Macau Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China)
(Banco Nacional Ultramarino)
(National Overseas Bank)

This is the 11th and the second last issue of the Chinese Zodiac banknote series issued to celebrate the Chinese Calendar Zodiac Animal Series Lunar New Year. A full cycle consists of 12 animals starting from the Rat to Pig, and this Zodiac banknote series was first started in 2012 with the Year of the Dragon note. The Dragon is placed in the 5th Zodiac animal order in the Chinese Zodiac cycle.

The announcement for this Zodiac banknote series was made on 11.04.2023. Interested collectors were invited to submit their application online to purchase the notes at face value. The online application was then opened on 17.04.2023 and closed on 12.05.2023. Each application was allowed to purchase 10 pieces per bank at face value. Like the last 10 issues, both Banco Nacional Ultramarino (BNU) and the Bank of China (BoC) have released one note of 10 patacas each. The notes were then made available from 22.05.2023 to 11.08.2023 and were distributed via 9 commercial banks across the Macau territory. As per all previous releases, only the residents of Macau are eligible to obtain these new banknotes. 
Whilst this note is for the year of the Tiger which is for the 2022 year (see below), it was not released until May 2023. The Year of the Tiger started on 01.02.2022 and ended on 21.01.2023. The two banks in Macau have been releasing these Chinese Zodiac banknotes for two years in a row since the 2014 issue for the year of the Horse, together with the Year of the Goat. Prior to that, only one note was released per year (Dragon and Snake). 
The design for this note is very much the same as those released by the Bank of China. The only differences are the bank's name and their respective brand logo, the Head Office building in Macau and the signature printed on the note. At a quick glance without looking at the name of the bank or brand, both notes look almost identical. 
The date printed on this note is 01.01.2022.
Ten Patacas
Tiger, Chinese Zodiac dial

Front -
The main design for the Year of the Tiger banknote is basically the same as all the previous Zodiac banknotes issued, except the Zodiac animal for the particular year. The design also incorporated the Chinese Zodiac in Chinese with all 12 animals. The Chinese auspicious word 福 (Fu/Luck) is also printed on the top right hand corner. The colour for the note is predominantly printed in red which is traditionally an auspicious colour to the Chinese (together with gold colour as well).
Signatures - Conselno de Administracao (Administrative Council)
Watermark - Lotus flower
Dimensions - 139.5mm x 69.5mm
Back - The BNU's head office in Macau since it was constructed in 1926. Since then, it went through few renovations and expansions and added a high rise office building but retain the original two story building in the front. This historical building is located at the intersection of Ave. Almeida Ribeiro and Ave de Praia Grande. Printed on the background is the A-Ma temple which is also a historical building and is a very famous temple in Macau. This temple was built in 1488 during the Ming Dynasty (1364-1644) and is located in Sao Lourenco in the southwestern of the Macau peninsula. The temple was built to commemorate Mazu, the sacred sea goddess who blesses the fishermen for safety and for good catches of fishes in the sea. In 2005, it became one of the designated sites of the Historic Center of Macau. To the right is the image of the Tiger Zodiac animal.
BNU's head office, A-Ma temple, Tiger
 Lunar Chinese New Year 12-year full cycle

23 January 2012 to 9 February 2013 - Dragon
10 February 2013 to 30 January 2014 - Snake
31 January 2014 to 18 February 2015 - Horse
19 February 2015 to 07 February 2016 - Goat
08 February 2016 to 27 January 2017 - Monkey
28 January 2017 to 15 February 2018 - Rooster
16 January 2018 to 04 February 2019 - Dog
05 February 2019 to 24 January 2020 - Pig
25 January 2020 to 11 February 2021 - Rat
12 February 2021 to 31 January 2022 - Ox
01 February 2022 to 21 January 2023 - Tiger
22 January 2023 to 09 February 2024 - Rabbit

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